the issue. >> it confirmed -- if confirmed, it would constitute a war crime that goes against the charter of the u.n. is that enough to make a military strike permissible under international law? two years ago, libya was also in the grip of a civil war. libyan regime appeared forced to wipe out the rebels. burton, france, and the u.s. stepped in to stop them -- britain, france, and the u.s. stepped in to stop them. but there was a mandate to protect libyan citizens. only the security council can legitimize international military action by one state against another. in the case of syria, russia is using its veto power to block military action against the assad regime, a longtime ally.